June 27, 2015

Sleep At The Top of Carroll County: Crescent Hotel Penthouse

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel exterior at night by Kat Robinson

Want to stay somewhere with real bragging potential?  How about the highest bed in Carroll County?  You’ll find it at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.

The Crescent was originally built as a resort financed by the Frisco Railroad and the Eureka Improvement Company.  Over the decades, it’s served as a college for women, a junior college and a health resort before closing down.  In 1997, Marty and Elise Roenigk bought the old hotel and began five stages of renovation. Today, the hotel is considered a top lodging option in the city, and it’s known as the Most Haunted Hotel in America by many sources.

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel exterior and deck showing penthouse by Grav Weldon

The Crescent is already pretty tall.  It sits opposite Christ of the Ozarks on opposite sides of the valley where downtown Eureka Springs lies.  The hotel can be seen for many miles around. It offers a total of 76 rooms, most of which are on its bottom four stories.  There’s one room, the South Penthouse, on the 5th… and then there’s this.

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel room 502 door and stairwell by Kat Robinson

On the north end of the Crescent on its fourth floor, at a bend at the end of a hall, you’ll find two doors.  One takes you into room 419.  The other, 502, opens to a stairwell that will take you to the fifth floor.  On this level, there’s a full living room with fireplace, dining room, small bar with microwave and refrigerator, and a full bath.  And there’s another staircase.

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel North Penthouse bedroom

This one will take you to a king sized bed in a parapet.  This lofty location is the bedroom of the North Penthouse, and it’s the highest bed in all of Carroll County.  A fan keeps the air circulating from below, and there are chairs, a dresser, a full sized mirror and even a television for your enjoyment.  What’s lacking is a headboard and footboard – which were likely too bulky to bring up the tight turning staircase.

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel North Penthouse cross section

In the evening, as the sun is setting, the Christ of the Ozarks statue in the distance is brightly illuminated over the darkening valley below.  In the morning, light streams towards the foot of the bed (the head of the bed is on the south wall, so no light right into your eyes when you first wake up).  There are few vantage points this lofty in the entire county.

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Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel living room 1

The gas fireplace is excellent in the cooler months, both to heat the space and for the ambiance.  Turn a chair and ottoman towards it for a prime spot to read a book and relax with your loved one.

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel living room 2

In the morning, head downstairs for breakfast in the Crescent Dining Room.  While there are buffet options, made-to-order omelets are included in the price and come highly recommended.

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel breakfast

And while you’re staying at the Crescent, be sure to say hello to Jasper and Casper, the hotel’s resident cats.

Eureka Springs Crescent Hotel Jasper and Casper

For more information, check out the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa website.

Kat Robinson

Kat Robinson is a vetted food and travel journalist who's spent 24 years working in radio, television, print and the Internet.  She's a passionate foodways enthusiast with three books (Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley, and Classic Eateries of the Arkansas Delta) to her name. You can read more on her blog tiedyetravels.com.